Some very heavy rainfall on an already heavily saturated area of our state caused severe flooding and thus, closure of a portion of I-90. This brought a detour for I-90 traffic to Highway 34 and right through the town of Woonsocket. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but now that school is in session, and the school is directly attached to the highway, there was a need for some traffic control once school was dismissed for the day on Thursday last week. School personnel and Deputy Sheriff Josh Starzman did their best to keep traffic slow while children went home from school.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Tragedy hits Sanborn County

Three Woonsocket teens killed in three-car collision

As the overabundance of rain and flooded roads became the biggest concern for most of the citizens of Sanborn County last week, their attention was abruptly changed to concern over the loss of three young lives from the Woonsocket community.

After some area schools, including Mitchell, had to close due to severe flooding after over seven inches of rain fell in under three hours in that area, and some activities had to be cancelled or postponed due to flooded roads, the people of Sanborn County thought they may have dealt with the worst problems to experience this fall, and that all changed in an instant.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, around 8 p.m., a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero with four young boys in it was traveling east on Highway 34 headed to Huron. When they got to what is known as the “three-mile corner,” they turned to go north to Huron on Highway 37 and collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.

All three passengers in the Alero, Jordan Klich, 15, Dylan Klich, 14, and Kristian Kesary, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 14-year-old driver of the Alero was transported to the Mitchell hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. All four boys were wearing their seatbelts. They were on their way to a movie in Huron as a birthday surprise for Jordan Klich’s birthday, which is this week.

…Read on and see pictures of the deceased in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Mitchell Police Department about a possible stolen vehicle on its way to Woonsocket. The car had been stolen from Sioux Falls. After receiving descriptions of the driver and passenger and the suspected stolen vehicle, the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department apprehended both the driver and the passenger at the picnic shelter on the east side of Lake Prior.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.